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Old Jun 8th 2015, 06:36 PM   #1
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1299S after 1000+ miles

So after breaking in my 1299S, completing the first service changing out all the fluids Motul 300V, Motul 5.1 Brake and clutch fluids, Motul MoCool. I decided to to go up Hwy 33 for a very spirited run. I have a 1000+ miles on the bike so its fairly broken in and now Im very familiar with my Italian mistress and her behavior.

Two good friends of mine and I decided to do an aggressive run up and back down Hwy 33 in the morning before the young squids get out there. For those of you not familiar with this road it is one of the most technically challenging roads for a biker in So Cal. Lots of hair pin turns, fast double apex, fast blind corners, fast sweepers up and down hills. You really have to be on your A game when riding this road. My friends weapon of choice are a 09 R-6 and a 03 GSXR-750 (Race bike that we added lights to be street legal) both bikes are light weight and fast but they have not ridden my secret weapon the 1299 S yet (lighter than their bikes with massive linear power, crazy mid range power and torque) To make a long story short we went up and down Hwy 33 and by the time they caught up to me I was already at the Deer lodge waitress seated me and brought me my drink. They are damn good riders too I would say top 5 for an advance group at any track day. The word they describe it to me its was like watching a symphony and they couldn't keep up.

The Bike is flawless, Power delivery excellent and predictable, suspension in dynamic mode were 100% in sync all the time, the bike ate slow hair pin corners for lunch, it laughed at fast double apex turns, held the line on long sweepers like it was on train tracks. the power coming out of each corner exit was just mind blowing. Flicking the bike is just unreal as it dove into corners lighting fast. Traction control was lighting up like a christmas tree but I didn't feel it being intrusive. WC kept the front end down powering out of the long sweepers. I had the EBC programmed in on the up/down on the fly switch and that was a blast going into corners. Never thought Id say it but the auto blipper is a must have now. It takes all the thinking and time out of the equation and the ABS well its something Im getting used to but I do miss my Brembo GP4's and the RCS without ABS that I had on my 1199. The top three major difference to me between the 1199 and the 1299 S are:

1) Power! The 1199 feels like it has a turbo and the 1299S is like a supercharger The 1199 you had to spin it up then turbo kicks in while the 1299 power is always there every where. You know what you are getting when you twist the throttle unlike the 1199 where you twist it and theres a delay and suddenly a rush of power comes at you. the 1199 rewards you when you ride it to the edge like a true race bike but the 1299 rewards you everywhere. I used to say the 1199 is for an advance rider only bike but the 1299 well a intermediate level rider will look like an advance rider.

2) The S suspension in Dynamic mode for the streets and canyons is unreal my suspension works in harmony with breaking/lean/acceleration and it doesn't skip a beat.

3) Steering on the 1199 was sharp but the 1299 is sharper. Not just the 1/2 of degree that makes it better but I find the Dynamic suspension, and power delivery makes its even better. With everything working in concert you don't have to tip it over as much to keep it from going wide. You can be faster in corner entry and mid corner. But Corner exits are a BLAST!

It will be a fun for sure to take this thing to the track not sure how many of you out there change sprockets depending on what track your going to. This will be a excellent as is. Unless you are truly racing of course.

All in all this is by far the best handling bike I have rode including 1199/S1000RR/Hp4/RSV4 factory/2015 R1/R6 and my favorite Fireblade SP.

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Old Jun 8th 2015, 06:59 PM   #2
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That thing looks like a beast! Thanks for the review... can't wait to get mine broken in!
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You left advanced group riders on race oriented machines by around 10 minutes on a highly technical road? It's a glowing review for sure but damn...
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Old Jun 8th 2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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You left advanced group riders on race oriented machines by around 10 minutes on a highly technical road? It's a glowing review for sure but damn...
I did hop off quickly to get a table (Also to brag when they pulled up)

I also taught/coached them. The biggest advantage is They don't have TC for the loose gravel around those blind turns. My TC was lighting up like crazy.

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Originally Posted by ScrapperX View Post
My friends weapon of choice are a 09 R-6 and a 03 GSXR-750 (Race bike that we added lights to be street legal) both bikes are light weight and fast but they have not ridden my secret weapon the 1299 S yet (lighter than their bikes with massive linear power, crazy mid range power and torque)
Isn't the R6 right at 420 lbs? Still amazing the 1299 matches it, though

Nice review
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Your experiences mirror mine exactly..

Of all the bikes I have owned, NOTHING handles like this bike, nothing turns in like this bike, nothing can carve so precisely and nothing can fire out of a corner even CLOSE to this bike. ... It really is a marvel.

Great write-up, thanks.
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Old Jun 8th 2015, 07:31 PM   #7
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Isn't the R6 right at 420 lbs? Still amazing the 1299 matches it, though

Nice review
yep and the GXSR is right around there too but with my Ti system/BST wheels and Li Battery I'm lighter how crazy is that?
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ScrapperX, you're so right. I don't have too many years of riding experience or do I have too many experience on different bikes ('07 Gixxer 600, '08 R6, Monster 821), but had my first shakedown/break-in miles at Angeles Crest today.

It was the first real ride since I've bought the 1299s. It handles like a space ship. I haven't explored the power much since I'm trying to keep it mellow, but the couple of times I had it past 7k it felt like power of Thor!

How much lighter is the BST carbons?
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Those bikes are all light, but is the section you were on mostly uphill? The extra billion hp is going to make a difference there.

Did you take the red stripes off your wheels? How?
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He has the bst cf wheels. No red stripe.
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